Tables About Canterbury Region



Ethnic group

2006 Census

Ethnic Groups in Canterbury Region and New Zealand,(1)(2) 2006 Census
Ethnic groups
     
 
Region/City/DistrictNew Zealand
European
 393,222  2,609,592
Māori
 36,669  565,329
Pacific peoples
 10,926  265,974
Asian
 29,172  354,552
Middle Eastern/Latin American/African(3)
 3,363  34,746
Other ethnicity(4)
     New Zealander
 70,119  429,429
     Other ethnicity–other
 138  1,494
     Total  70,254  430,878
Total people  508,182  3,860,163

1. All figures are for the census usually resident population count.
2. Includes all of the people who stated each ethnic group, whether as their only ethnic group or as one of several ethnic groups. Where a person reported more than one ethnic group, they have been counted in each applicable group. 
3. 'Middle Eastern, Latin American and African' was introduced as a new category for the 2006 Census. Previously, Middle Eastern, Latin American and African responses were allocated to the 'other ethnicity' category.
4. 'Other ethnicity' includes responses for a number of small ethnic groups and for 'New Zealander.' For 2006, New Zealander responses made the largest contribution towards the 'other ethnicity' category. 

2001–2006 Censuses

Ethnic Groups in Canterbury Region,(1)(2) 2001–2006 Censuses
Ethnic groups
     
 
20012006
European
 430,125  393,219
Māori
 31,632  36,669
Pacific peoples
 8,622  10,926
Asian
 19,431  29,172
Middle Eastern/Latin American/African(3)
 2,253  3,363
Other ethnicity(4)
     New Zealander
...  70,119
     Other ethnicity–other
 105  138
     Total  105  70,254
Total people  468,564  508,185

1. All figures are for the census usually resident population count.
2. Includes all of the people who stated each ethnic group, whether as their only ethnic group or as one of several ethnic groups. Where a person reported more than one ethnic group, they have been counted in each applicable group.
3. 'Middle Eastern, Latin American and African' was introduced as a new category for the 2006 Census. Previously Middle Eastern, Latin American and African responses were allocated to the 'other ethnicity' category.
4. 'New Zealander' was included as a new category for the 2006 Census. New Zealander responses form part of the 'other ethnicity' category. For 2006, New Zealander responses made the largest contribution towards the 'other ethnicity' category. For 2001, New Zealander was counted in the 'European' category.

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Birthplace

2006 Census

Birthplace of People in Canterbury Region and New Zealand,(1) 2006 Census
     
 
Region/ City/ DistrictNew Zealand
New Zealand
 414,423  2,960,217
Australia(2)
 8,517  62,742
Pacific Islands(3)
 5,121  135,852
UK and Ireland
 33,600  251,688
Europe, excl UK and Ireland
 9,138  68,067
North America
 3,627  26,940
Asia
 23,856  251,130
Other
 6,756  83,124
Not elsewhere included(4)
 16,794  188,187
Total  521,832  4,027,947
 
1. All figures are for the census usually resident population count.
2. Includes Australian territories.
3. Includes Melanesia, Micronesia and Polynesia.
4. Includes 'inadequately described' and 'not stated' responses.

 

Birthplace of Māori in Canterbury Region and New Zealand,(1) 2006 Census
     
 
Region/ City/ DistrictNew Zealand
New Zealand
 35,472  547,305
Australia(2)
 426  5,973
Pacific Islands(3)
 42  543
UK and Ireland
 87  1,026
Europe, excl UK and Ireland
 6  165
North America
 39  432
Asia
 60  480
Other
 18  111
Not elsewhere included(4)
 519  9,294
Total  36,669  565,329

1. All figures are for the Māori ethnic group census usually resident population count.
2. Includes Australian territories.
3. Includes Melanesia, Micronesia and Polynesia.
4. Includes 'inadequately described' and 'not stated' responses. 

1996–2006 Censuses

Birthplace of People in Canterbury Region,(1) 1996–2006 Censuses
 
199620012006
New Zealand
 390,753  400,047  414,423
Australia(2)
 6,909  7,269  8,517
Pacific Islands(3)
 3,552  4,119  5,121
UK and Ireland
 27,204  27,678  33,600
Europe, excl UK and Ireland
 7,041  7,407  9,138
North America
 2,553  2,784  3,627
Asia
 11,886  15,801  23,856
Other
 2,532  4,068  6,756
Not elsewhere included(4)
 15,609  12,261  16,794
Total  468,042  481,431  521,832

1. All figures are for the census usually resident population count.
2. Includes Australian territories.
3. Includes Melanesia, Micronesia and Polynesia.
4. The 1996 data includes 'not elsewhere classified'. The 2001 and 2006 data includes 'inadequately described' and 'not stated' responses.

Birthplace of Māori in Canterbury Region,(1) 1996–2006 Censuses
 
199620012006
New Zealand
 29,946  30,879  35,469
Australia(2)
 261  303  423
Pacific Islands(3)
 45  30  42
UK and Ireland
 81  60  90
Europe, excl UK and Ireland
 18  12  9
North America
 24  24  39
Asia
 75  60  60
Other
 9  12  18
Not elsewhere included(4)
 552  252  519
Total  31,011  31,635  36,669

1. All figures are for the Māori ethnic group census usually resident population count.
2. Includes Australian territories.
3. Includes Melanesia, Micronesia and Polynesia.
4. The 1996 data includes 'not elsewhere classified'. The 2001 and 2006 data includes 'inadequately described' and 'not stated' responses.
 

Languages spoken

2006 Census

Languages Spoken in Canterbury Region and New Zealand,(1)(2) 2006 Census
 
Region/ City/ DistrictNew Zealand
English
 489,387  3,673,626
Māori
 8,697  157,113
Samoan
 4,509  85,428
NZ Sign Language
 3,156  24,090
Other
 47,637  509,358
None(3)
 9,408  75,567
Total people  504,786  3,830,760

1. All figures are for the census usually resident population count.
2. Includes all of the people who stated each language spoken, whether as their only language or as one of several languages. Where a person reported more than one language spoken, they have been counted in each applicable group.
3. Includes people who were 'too young to talk' or 'unable to speak a language'.


Languages Spoken by Māori in Canterbury Region and New Zealand,(1)(2) 2006 Census
 
Region/ City/ DistrictNew Zealand
English
 34,704  530,892
Māori
 5,979  131,613
Samoan
 249  3,693
NZ Sign Language
 357  5,538
Other
 750  9,264
None(3)
 1,131  15,576
Total people  36,156  554,355

1. All figures are for the Māori ethnic group census usually resident population count.
2. Includes all of the people who stated each language spoken, whether as their only language or as one of several languages. Where a person reported more than one language spoken, they have been counted in each applicable group.
3. Includes people who were 'too young to talk' or 'unable to speak a language'. 

1996–2006 Censuses

Languages Spoken in Canterbury Region,(1)(2) 1996–2006 Censuses
 
199620012006
English
 436,596  453,294  489,390
Māori
 7,977  8,835  8,697
Samoan
 3,564  4,053  4,509
NZ Sign Language
 3,957  3,894  3,156
Other
 30,864  36,150  47,637
None(3)
 10,656  8,934  9,408
Total people  452,058  466,191  504,786

1. All figures are for the census usually resident population count.
2. Includes all of the people who stated each language spoken, whether as their only language or as one of several languages. Where a person reported more than one language spoken, they have been counted in each applicable group.
3. Includes people who were 'too young to talk' or 'unable to speak a language'.

Languages Spoken by Māori in Canterbury Region,(1)(2) 1996–2006 Censuses
 
199620012006
English
 28,746  29,871  34,704
Māori
 5,202  5,706  5,979
Samoan
 246  228  249
NZ Sign Language
 483  447  354
Other
 705  699  753
None(3)
 1,401  1,128  1,131
Total people  30,609  31,269  36,156

1. All figures are for the Māori ethnic group census usually resident population count.
2. Includes all of the people who stated each language spoken, whether as their only language or as one of several languages. Where a person reported more than one language spoken, they have been counted in each applicable group.
3. Includes people who were 'too young to talk' or 'unable to speak a language'. 

Number of languages spoken

2006 Census

Number of Languages Spoken in Canterbury Region and New Zealand,(1) 2006 Census
 
Region/ City/ DistrictNew Zealand
None(2)
 9,366  75,198
One
 439,326  3,083,904
Two
 46,365  562,446
Three
 7,113  83,400
Four
 1,899  19,281
Five
 549  5,052
Six
 168  1,476
Not elsewhere included(3)
 17,046  197,190
Total  521,832  4,027,947

1. All figures are for the census usually resident population count.
2. Includes people who were 'too young to talk' or 'unable to speak a language'.
3. Includes responses that were classified as 'response unidentifiable', 'response outside scope' and 'not stated'.

Number of Languages Spoken by Māori in Canterbury Region and New Zealand,(1) 2006 Census
 
Region/ City/ DistrictNew Zealand
None(2)
 1,125  15,465
One
 28,686  407,091
Two
 5,733  122,469
Three
 450  7,128
Four
 102  1,587
Five
 33  378
Six
 24  231
Not elsewhere included(3)
 513  10,971
Total  36,669  565,329

1. All figures are for the Māori ethnic group census usually resident population count.
2. Includes people who were 'too young to talk' or 'unable to speak a language'.
3. Includes responses that were classified as 'response unidentifiable', 'response outside scope' and 'not stated'. 

1996–2006 Censuses

Number of Languages Spoken in Canterbury Region,(1) 1996–2006 Censuses
 
199620012006
None(2)
 10,617  8,847  9,366
One
 401,616  410,832  439,329
Two
 32,445  37,638  46,365
Three
 5,460  6,492  7,113
Four
 1,380  2,130  1,899
Five
 411  186  549
Six
 120  69  168
Not elsewhere included(3)
 15,993  15,240  17,046
Total  468,039  481,431  521,832

1. All figures are for the census usually resident population count.
2. Includes people who were 'too young to talk' or 'unable to speak a language'.
3. Data for 1996 includes responses that were classified as 'not applicable' and 'not specified'. The 2006 and 2001 data includes 'response unidentifiable', 'response outside scope' and 'not stated'.

Number of Languages Spoken by Māori in Canterbury Region,(1) 1996–2006 Censuses
 
199620012006
None(2)
 1,395  1,122  1,125
One
 23,646  24,054  28,686
Two
 4,974  5,466  5,733
Three
 447  459  450
Four
 99  123  105
Five
 30  33  33
Six
 12  18  27
Not elsewhere included(3)
 405  363  513
Total  31,011  31,632  36,669

1. All figures are for the Māori ethnic group census usually resident population count.
2. Includes people who were 'too young to talk' or 'unable to speak a language'.
3. Data for 1996 includes responses that were classified as 'not applicable' and 'not specified'. The 2006 and 2001 data includes 'response unidentifiable', 'response outside scope' and 'not stated'.

Note: This data has been randomly rounded to protect confidentiality. Individual figures may not add up to totals and values for the same data may vary in different tables.